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Department of History & Geography

Department of History & Geography

History and geography are central to a rich, immersive liberal arts education. At CSU, you’ll develop a deeper appreciation for the past, understand how the past influences the present, and make important connections between geography and human history.

The department offers one graduate, two undergraduate, and four certificate programs. Each is designed to foster intellectual curiosity and technical skill. At CSU, you’ll collaborate with professional geographers and learn how to apply geographic information system (GIS) technology to historical research.

We believe the best education happens inside – and outside – the classroom. As a student, you’ll have access to internship opportunities with the Columbus Museum, the Carter Center, the Roosevelt Institute, the Andersonville National Historic Site, and many others.

What We Do

Dr. Bryan Banks

Dr. Bryan Banks

Napoleon Bonaparte is one of the most important figures in human history. For more than fifteen years, he shaped Europe and the fate of European empires around the world. Despite his importance, historians debate his legacy. Was he a ruthless dictator determined to create a global dynasty? Or was he the heir of the French Revolution‘s democratic idealism? Explore these questions and more in Dr. Banks‘s Napoleon course.

Alumni Spotlight

Alumni Marck Sciuchetti

Mark Sciuchetti ’13, MA ’15

"Since graduating from CSU, I am pursuing a Masters in Musicology degree and a PhD in Geography from Florida State University. I have decided to continue in my education by combining my passions for music, history, and GIS by working on the geography of music. Most of my research currently focuses on the ways in which women composers of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries have composed American place and identity. I have presented on this topic at national and international conferences, and am currently working on a composition of the Hudson River.

I benefitted from the support of many members of the faculty... What I learned at CSU helped me to become a better writer and communicator.”